α Volantis

Find beta Carinae with the naked eye; the star just to the northwest is alpha Volantis: binoculars.

Alpha Volantis is classified a white subgiant however the argument is made that it really is a dwarf (see Jim Kaler's web site).

In the same field of view is beta Volantis, an orange giant and at 3.77 visual magnitude the brightest star in the constellation; alpha is an even 4.0.

To the west of alpha less than a degree is the binary h4164: 7.7, 9.5; 145, 10.7".


A little less than a full binocular field south brings in epsilon and the two kappa stars, all binaries: binoculars.
     epsilon Vol (Rmk 7): 4.4, 7.3; 23, 6.0".
     kappa 1,2 Vol (Brs 17): 5.3, 5.6; 60, 63.8".

One field to the southwest is found gamma, perhaps the finest binary in the constellation. Click on gamma for its details.

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